MCG July 2015 Newsletter

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To all members and volunteers (current and past)
Mullum S.E.E.D. would like to invite you to another lovely and relaxing FREE breakfast at the community garden, as our last one was appreciated so much.

The brunch is on this Sunday 5th July, 9.30am – 12 pm am at the Mullumbimby Community Garden. Cecile’s great crepes ( , breakfast muffins, fruit and refreshments will be provided (with GF and DF options). Please feel free to bring something to share and a picnic rug. There will be some activities for the kids and we’ll set up shaded areas to ensure we are well-protected.

This get together is a THANK YOU for your the wonderful support you provide the garden and we ask you to please pass on the invite to any member or volunteer that you know, and welcome them to come along.
Also, any extra helping hands are much appreciated. Please contact me on 0431458534.
I look forward seeing you at the garden.
If you can, please RSVP me to give us an idea on how many of you like to come.

best wishes


The end of another Financial Year already! Yes that means…
Membership and Allotment fees time
Membership and Allotment fee’s are one of the few stable revenues that help the gardens continue to function. Yes, we greatly appreciate your volunteer work too of course, but we would LOVE you to join (or renew) your membership and annual allotment fee’s on time as this reduces paper work for the volunteers behind the scenes 🙂

The best and easiest way to do this is online here:
Membership (
Allotments (
Thank you for your continued support, we cannot exist without it
Future Feeders Update
Finally a place to call home – the Future Feeders office has been installed. Come check out our new site office at the gardens and keep an eye on this space as we developthis resource as a HQ for our young farmers program and other regional food sovereignty projects.
Huge thank you FRRR! (Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal) for the grant and everyone who has been involved with Future Feeders to this point to make it possible.
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Sadly we have had to say goodbye and a huge thank you to Dane our favorite Banana farmer for staying with us from the outset. Hope you have got heaps out of your experience at Future Feeders and continue on your farming journey in Northern QLD. Good luck!!

Seasonal Samples Box
Future Feeders is now offering a tasty introduction to our Community Supported Agriculture program!

Produce boxes packed with fresh n yummy tastes and flavors from the Future Feeders farms!
$30 per box : available Fridays
Pre-orders only.
Convenient pickup in Mullumbimby on your way to the farmers market.
8-9 am Civic Hall Mullumbimby

Great value produce, grown super locally by your next gen farmers.
Support young farmers and get great local food – everybody wins!

Also inviting expression of interest for subscription members to join our exciting new CSA. An innovative approach to supporting young farmers and developing our sustainable food distribution system.

If you would like to be involved please contact Joel at Future Feeders. (

or join the Crop-Share FB group
BioChar Update
Here’s a significant study on the positive outcomes of feeding Biochar to Cows, as a result of a Cattle Farmer meeting a Soil Scientist at Bio-charfest last year. Its a wonderful feather in the cap for Mullumbimby Community Gardens for holding the space. Enjoy, Chars!!

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The Israel Project (

Fuel your cooking, water heating and fertilise your garden using this biogas invention. Watch this short informative video for inspiration….maybe something MCG should work towards 🙂

VIDEO: Remember the Mr. Fusion from Back to the Future? Israeli company Ecogas has created a household machine that converts trash into natural gas!

For your home or the developing world, this incredible invention can not only power our future, but help save out planet!

CLICK HERE ( to watch

Campers on Site.

From time to time, the MCG have experienced having overnight campers on site.
In recent times, we have had complaints of abusive encounters with campers. In addition to having to tidy up their belongings and/or mess so that classes can be taught on time. In addition to this, it breaches our licence conditions that we hold with Byron Shire Council.

The board committee has been working with Council to find positive ways to minimise the issue and find alternatives. We have created a Camping Policy and Procedure (below) to assist in the knowings of what to do in the situation of campers. This can be requested and will be available on site. The aim of this is ensure our community garden remains a comfortable and welcoming environment for all.
MCG E-newsletter Volunteer Needed ASAP
Dear gardening friends, I have been writing this monthly newsletter for three years now and have loved it. However, with 2 jobs, another volunteer role, running weekly kiddies art classes, trying to keep up with our garden and having time for my nearly-3-year-old, its time for me to let this one go. I’m happy and willing to train any interested, capable person with the relevant skills, to take on this essential role of communicating between the garden and everyone who supports it. Please email or call me on 0420 379 860. Thank you, Anneke

Site Management Meetings (next 25th July, 1.45pm)
For all those who are actively involved in ongoing projects on a regular basis at the gardens, (POD members, FFA gardeners, Social Enterprize owners, Daily Supervisors, regular Educators) we would like to invite you and encourage you to attend our monthly Site Management meetings. This is an opportunity for you to communicate your projects needs and to keep informed and in touch with the team on the ground. Our next meeting will be held on Sat 25th July,1.45pm-3.30pm (sharp) in the Rotunda or (the learning curve).
Hope to see you there 🙂
More info: Anneke 0420 379 860.

Newsletter Contributions
Content is welcomed and appreciated for this monthly e-update (as long as it’s relevant of course). Simply send an email with all content & SPECIFIC DETAILS (times, dates, contact person and details) directly to by the 5pm of the last Wednesday of the month for the following months email. Thank you 🙂

Current contributors… if you have content in the regular activity section, please be sure to inform me if details change month to month.

Check out MCG’s facebook site and website,follow us,like us,share us and enjoy! (

Meetings Minutes
Site Committee Minutes June 27th (
Positions Available
Volunteer Coordinator (
Food For All Manager (
Positions Vacant (

Incident Report Book
We’d like to bring awareness to our incident report book. If you happen to encounter an incident at the garden (eg. receive abusive language, be bitten by a snake, an injury), please can you report it in the Incident Report book located in the Seed Shed. It is really important that we keep a record of what happens. Take a photo if possible of the incident and send an email with the details to: (
Spread the word and spread the awareness. Let’s work together for a safe and positive environment.
Water Use on Site @ MCG
Please ensure you turn all taps off once finished using them as we are PAYING for the town water, And please supervise your children to ensure none are left on accidently.
Dogs at the Gardens
All dogs must be on leash within the gardens & NO dogs are to be allowed inside the children’s garden, due to a traumatic recent dog bite incident. Please respect these rules for the enjoyment and inclusion of everyone. Signage is now installed on site.
Garden Goodies
For sale:
seedlings- $3 punnets, $5 pots
food for all- by donation
The Gardens Wish List:
The garden is in need of a few bits and pieces…
If you have any of the following that you don’t need, please bring to the garden! But please don’t just drop it off, do come and ask whereto put it first.
-egg shells (the chickens will eat them to build up their calcium)
-food scraps (for the chickens and worms)
– quality building material


Mullum SEED Breakfast
Sun 5th July, 9.30am – 12 pm
Cecile’s great crepes, breakfast muffins, fruit and refreshments will be provided (with GF and DF options). Please feel free to bring something to share and a picnic rug. There will be some activities for the kids and we’ll set up shaded areas to ensure we are well-protected.

Intro to Biochar
Sat 11 & Sun 12
A weekend of exciting Biochar info and hands on experience!
Wkend $69 or $39/day
More Info: 0459175 729
Check out the full calendar of workshops and events here

MONDAYS (office closed)
Mullum SEED Board Meeting-
2nd Thurs, June 11th

8-9am Worm Care Time-
We feed and nurture our worms
in the early morning light.
Contact Sam or Jacqui on 6684 2340

9am-2pm Volunteers Day- Sol as
Daily Supervisors: vegie gardening,
mowing, building, nursery, seed
saving. Communal Volunteers Lunch provided
(for a gold coin donation)

9.30-11am Chook Palace Make-over
2nd Tues, June 9th- We clean, feed, fix things and improve the chooks yard and house. Come along to learn more about chooks.

3.30pm Feldenkrais in the Garden

9am-2pm Volunteers day
Eva as Daily Supervisor
9am-2pm Volunteers Day
Stuart as Daily Supervisor

8am-2pm Volunteers Day
Mike as Daily Supervisor
Bio-char @ the gardens
Volunteer Friday mornings up the back in the old the recycling bays. You will learn, what bio-char is, what are it’s uses and benefits, how to make it, how to apply it and how to make your own kiln. Come along and join us from 8-12 Noon. Free off the grid coffee & tea provided.

9.30am-12.30am Volunteers Day
Sanden as Daily Supervisor

9am-12noon Biochar 101 Workshops
$10pp, Don 0459 175 729

Site Management Meeting
(4th) Sat, June 27th, 1.45pm
Contact Anneke 0420 379 860
Astrology Talk Circle
1st Sunday of the month
Text Kaye: 0411429942


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